By Cindy Held/What’s on Tap editor
History enthusiasts get your muskets ready, because the second annual Battle of Richmond reenactment is this Saturday, Aug. 30, and Sunday, Aug. 31.All who attend will be immersed in living history as they tour the recreated soldiers’ campsites and watch the battle. The Adair Guard reenactment group is contributing nearly 400 actors for the battle.
The Battle of Richmond was a decisive victory in the course of the Civil War for the Confederacy. Of the 6,000 Union soldiers opposing the Confederacy, 5,000 were captured or wounded.
The battle took place in August of 1862 at what is now known as “Pleasant View,” the Barnett-Gibbs-Herndon property at Battlefield Park. It is located at 4252 Kingston Hwy. (US-421). This is also where the reenactment will take place along with many other historical activities. Artifact exhibits, wagon rides, and paid van tours of the battlefield are just a few of the festivities.
Campsites will open to the public Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. Visitors are welcome to walk around the camps, and take full advantage of the many exhibits, demonstrations and house tours throughout the weekend.
Reservations may be pre-arranged for paid van tours of the battlefield. Admission will be $5 for children 12 and younger, and $10 for adults. Reservations are handled through the Richmond Chamber of Commerce.
The van tours will cover a number of sites on the property. The Rogers-Terrill house, which will eventually become the Battle of Richmond Museum and Visitor’s Center, is featured on the tour along with the Mt. Zion church, the Confederate cemetery and more.
The Richmond Area Theatre will also be performing the third act of “Our American Cousin”, the act President Abraham Lincoln missed in the Ford Theatre the day he was assassinated.
The performances will be at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday in the large barn on the property.
The Richmond Theatre will also present Leora Franklin performing “The Soliloquy of a Slave” in the actual slave quarters on the property each day.
Admission is free, however, donations are welcome. All proceeds will benefit the Battle of Richmond Heroes Campaign to develop and preserve the new Battlefield Park and the Battle of Richmond Museum and Visitor’s Center.
For more information about the Battle of Richmond, a complete event list, or for tour reservations, contact the Richmond Chamber of Commerce at 623-1720.